March 14, 1941 ~ July 9, 2002

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Susan Lee Austin Phillips 61, of 11 Rhododendron Place, Asheville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 9, 2002, in an Asheville hospital after a brief illness. Susan was an Asheville native and was a daughter of Mary Wilder Austin of Asheville and the late Frank Austin. She was an employee of T.J. Maxx and a member of Beverly Hills Baptist Church. In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband, Ronnie Denton Phillips; two daughters, Dawn Holmberg and husband Dean of Asheville and Carrie O’Brien and husband Tim of Hendersonville; two step-daughters, Angela Wyatt and husband Tison of Candler and Kara Shea and husband Matt of Asheville; one step-son, Denny Phillips of Candler; one brother, Michael Frank Austin of Asheville; three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 12:00 noon Friday in the chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Melton officiating. Burial will follow in the veterans cemetery. Her family will receive friends 7:00-8:30 Thursday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. Memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Support Group of Asheville, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803 or Autisim Society of NC, 35 Orange Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

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  1. To Carrie O’Brien and family: I am very sorry for the death of your mother. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if I can do anything for you. May God comfort you all.
    Teresa Baldwin,
    Kid Town Child Care

  2. Thinking of you at this sad time, Simpsonville, SC, family relative.
    Mary Anne Chandler
    301 N. Maple St.
    Simpsonville, SC 29681


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